Conscription And Conflict In The Confederacy

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A standard source for more than three generations of Civil War scholars, Conscription and Conflict in the Confederacy remains the authoritative study of the Confederate draft. In this landmark book, Albert Burton Moore uses conscription to illustrate a central paradox of the Confederacy: in order to protect its commitment to states' rights, the Confederacy was forced to adopt tactics of centralized government. Charting the strength of Confederate forces before and after conscription's implementation in 1862, ...
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Overview

A standard source for more than three generations of Civil War scholars, Conscription and Conflict in the Confederacy remains the authoritative study of the Confederate draft. In this landmark book, Albert Burton Moore uses conscription to illustrate a central paradox of the Confederacy: in order to protect its commitment to states' rights, the Confederacy was forced to adopt tactics of centralized government. Charting the strength of Confederate forces before and after conscription's implementation in 1862, Moore examines the system's daily operations, troublesome procedures for substitutions and exemptions, and ultimate collapse. He conveys the controversy surrounding conscription by quoting from acerbic and sometimes eloquent arguments for and against conscription put forth by governors, congressmen, newspaper editors, and soldiers. Although Moore credits Confederate conscription with a high degree of success, he blames it for causing friction between state governors and President Jefferson Davis, dissension between state and national judicial systems, and bureaucratic problems of colossal proportions. William Garrett Piston's new introduction places the volume in its historical context and underscores one of the most remarkable features of the study - Moore's forthright admission that a large number of Southerners did not support the Confederacy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781258384845
  • Publisher: Literary Licensing, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/9/2012
  • Pages: 380
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

General Editor's Preface
Introduction
I The Military System of the Confederacy to April, 1862 1
II The First Conscription Act and Its Reception 12
III Substitution 27
IV Statutory Exemption (1862-1864) 52
V Statutory-Executive Exemption 83
VI The Fruits of the First Conscription Act 114
VII The Second Act and the Problems of Enforcement 140
VIII The Courts and Conscription 162
IX The Dual System 191
X The Dual System (Continued) 207
XI Confederate Versus State Authority in the Lower South 228
XII Confederate Versus State Authority in Georgia and North Carolina 255
XIII Confederate Versus State Authority in the Upper South 297
XIV The Concluding Year 305
XV The Last Days 336
XVI Did Conscription Fail? 354
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